Mead Explorer Base Camp

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Mead, with its year-round parking, serves as a launch pad for several trailheads including the Wentworth Trail up Mt. Israel, the Bear Camp River Trail, and the hike to Cow Cave and Beede Falls. Many birding, tracking, nature and historic walks begin at Mead. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year-round access, plowed in winter.
Reservations: Reservation information can be found on the Friends of Mead Base Conservation Center website.
Closest Towns: Sandwich, NH
Water: Yes, spigot with potable water
Restroom: Composting Toilet
Operated By: Friends of Mead Base Conservation Center
Information Center: Mead Base Conservation Center includes a historic farmhouse, several outbuildings and cabins, and 3 campsites.  The Friends of Mead preserves and maintains the property for the public's use.  View the Friends of Mead Base Conservation Center website to learn more about recreation opportunities and camp site reservations.

General Information


Ample year-round parking.


Accessed via Diamond Ledge Road which leaves from the town center of Sandwich, NH.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Group Camping

There is one group campsite at Mead Base, with a maximum capacity of 30 campers.

Reservations must be made directly with the Friends of Mead Base Conservation Center.  View their website for more information, including how to make a reservation.

Reservation required?: Y
Hours of Operation: Year-round access.

Dispersed Camping


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